Blackmagic Design Announces New UltraStudio 4K Mini

Blackmagic Design has announced the much-awaited UltraStudio 4K Mini, a new capture and playback solution for Thunderbolt 3 computers with 12G‑SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections that lets users build solutions for editing, colour grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming.

The new UltraStudio 4K Mini is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution packed with the latest broadcast technology, including 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0 and analog connections. Editors get access to broadcast quality 8 and 10-bit high dynamic range capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 60p, and 12-bit high dynamic range capture in all formats up to 4K DCI at 30p.

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The UltraStudio 4K Mini is compact enough to be tucked under your monitor or anywhere around your workstation. The front panel features push button controls, an LCD for monitoring signal and setup, an XLR microphone input and a 1/4-inch headphone jack.

UltraStudio 4K Mini features USB for connecting a keyboard and mouse, plus it will trickle charge their laptop computer when connected to the Thunderbolt 3 port. Users also get the benefit of a built in SD card reader allowing instant access to their camera media cards.

Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Mini Features

  • Thunderbolt 3 interface for 40 Gb/s capture and playback
  • Ideal for edit monitoring, live graphics, archive and streaming
  • 12G‑SDI, HDMI 2.0, YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced audio
  • Supports 45W trickle charging to connected computer
  • Support for 4K DCI and UHD
  • Supports all SD, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p formats
  • Front panel with LCD, mic input, headphone and SD card slot
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve for editing, colour, VFX and audio
  • Supports DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Premiere Pro and more
  • Includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux
  • Price: $995 US,
  • Available now

With UltraStudio users can connect to virtually any video device, and all UltraStudio models include SDI in and out, HDMI out for monitoring on TVs and projectors and analog YUV/NTSC/PAL video and balanced analog input for archiving from legacy analog broadcast tape decks.

The UltraStudio 4K Mini and Extreme models add an extra HDMI input plus a balanced analog audio out for connecting to in-studio audio monitoring.

Built on revolutionary Thunderbolt 3 technology, UltraStudio uses a blazingly fast single cable connection to any computer that has the bandwidth to handle the highest resolution video formats easily.

Thunderbolt ensures low latency and highly accurate time synchronization for the highest quality capture and playback. UltraStudio 4K models also include an AC power connection, perfect when working in studios.

The new UltraStudio 4K Mini model even provides 45W trickle power via Thunderbolt 3 to the connected computer so it stays charged when connected.

The Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Mini feature the latest 12G‑SDI, for the most powerful video capture and playback solution. 12G‑SDI support means that UltraStudio 4K models can support both capture and playback of Ultra HD and 4K 60p over a single BNC cable.

12G‑SDI gives users the compatibility to connect to all their existing SD and HD equipment but also supports the future with all Ultra HD formats up to 3840x2160p at 60fps.

All UltraStudio 4K models feature elegant front panels with integrated colour LCD and fast control buttons, with the rear panel using industry standard BNC and HDMI connectors for video connections.

For those that missed or just want to rewatch it, check out the latest Blackmagic Production & Camera Update below:

The Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Mini is available now for US $995. To learn more about it head over to Blackmagic Design.

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